Wednesday, July 22, 2009


temple cat, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

If I made up the ranking for the temples, only temples with cats would be considered for the top ten. I discovered yesterday why everything is ranked in Japan, when we mentioned Kamakura to some work colleagues and they instantly responded in unison that "Kamakura has five great temples", although, happily, they struggled to name them. This was, of course, one of the "facts" they were taught during their formative brainwashing years. Actually, the brainwashing can come in handy occasionally in meetings, when you want to know something like, say, the position of some obscure element on the periodic table. When the internet finishes there will be at least one nation on the planet whose still remembers things, even if those things are not all entirely true.

[Do not adjust your monitors. This cat is not quite in focus. She lives at Zuisenji in Kamakura. Please tickle her behind the ears if you visit]

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